This collection includes Capstone Theses and Dissertations submitted by Hamline School of Education and Leadership master’s and doctoral students, respectively. Capstones are the culminating degree work and include research that draws from the student’s formal study as well as professional and personal development.

This is an online listing of the scholarly works of HSEL graduate program students. Works prior to 2015 are available in print in the Bush Memorial Library. Full text, online, prior to 2015, may be restricted to current Hamline students, faculty and staff.

See also: School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects

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Theses/Dissertations from 2015

Water! Water! Everywhere, Except Las Vegas, Jeffrey Peters

Educators' Perceptions and the Achievement Gap, Brynn Krista Peterson

What Background Information Needs To Be Considered Before An ELL Is Referred For Special Education?, Emily Ann Peterson


How Attachment Style Correlates to Symptoms of Burnout for Direct Care Staff in a Company that Serves People with Developmental and/or Intellectual Disabilities, Shantel Lee Pickar


Variables in the Introduction of the Species, Streptocephalus sealii, Spinytail Fairy Shrimp into a Local Seasonal Wetland, Jane Anne Porterfield

How do families who are involved in a homelessness-avoidance housing program promote a love for literacy in their children? How does school impact the families’ beliefs and practices about literacy?, Kelly Ann Pylkas-Bock


An Alternative for Alternatives: Designing a Teacher Licensure Program for Teacher-led Schools, Tim J. Quealy

Effects of Engagement Strategies on Learning in Algebra and Geometry Classrooms, Kristin Mary Radermacher

The Effect of the Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis on Behavior Management and a Successful Learning Environment, Kathleen Lenore Rapp


What Teaching Approach in an Online English Class is Effective in Improving Guatemalan Business Professionals’ Oral Use of the Language, Erin Raxon

A Rhyming Curriculum as an Essential Building Block of the Literacy Curriculum for Native Spanish Speakers in Kindergarten, Laura Recker


English Language Learners on the Autism Spectrum: Identifying Gaps in Learning, Jennifer Suzanne Reppond


The Impact of Sentence Frames on Readers Workshop Responses, Joseph Peter Reyes Jr


How Do College Students Define College Preparedness, Matthew Jon Ridenour


A Systemic Functional Linguistics Approach to the Academic Language in Seventh Grade Social Studies, Laura Beth Ripley


Perceptions of Cultural and Linguistic Preparedness: Deaf and Hard of Hearing College Students’ Beliefs About Their K-12 School Setting, Rebecca Rosenbarker


Listening Strategies for English Language Learner Comprehension, a Teacher Resource Guide, Ana Marie Ruiz McLafferty


How Does the Current Educational Climate Impact the Teacher’s Ability to build and Maintain Quality Teacher Student Relationships?, Kymberly Nicole Saba


The integration of play into the first-grade Language Arts curriculum for English language learners, Cheryl Jean Sanderson

Researching the Effectiveness of Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity in Building Background as a Literacy Instruction Strategy, Lindsey Shannon Scanlon

Importance of Content Area Reading in Middle School Science, Susan Mary Schmidtbauer


Developing the 21st Century Skills of Creativity, Collaboration and Information Fluency in a Kindergarten Classroom, Corrine Marie Schmidt

How Personal Goal Setting is used as an Effective Tool to Increase Physical Fitness and Activity Levels in the G.O.A.L Curriculum, Molly Schock


Academic Language in Book Clubs, Tanya Marie Schuh-Modelli

How elementary teachers in different countries describe music education and its effects on their students, Marilynn Cheryl Seashore

English Language Learners' Self-Perceptions in Two English as a Second Language Models, Andrew Roller Sellers

To Kenya and Back: Examining Metacognition and Somali SLIFE in the Middle School Classroom, Jennifer Marie Sherman


Text Analysis: Sentence Initial Adverbials in a Second Grade Language Arts Book, Sherri Kathleen Silva


Bilingual Adults’ Language Use: A Study of High Level Spanish English Speakers, Emma Kathleen Sinkler


Teacher Beliefs and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, Erin M. Smith


How Can Inquiry-Based Instruction be Implemented in a Secondary Mathematics Classroom?, Jennifer Colley Smith


The Impact of Computer Assisted Language Learning on Language Proficiency, Shelley Lyn Sorenson

Nature Walks and Journaling to Connect Children With Nature and Increase Knowledge of the Local Environment, Stephanie Ann Spinazola

Summer Kid’s Camp Curriculum Evaluation through a Constructivist Lens, Stephanie J. Stephen Martinez


Identity-Focused Second Language Acquisition: A Systematic Review of Classroom Applications, Heather Lynn Stockton


The Most Effective EFL Approach for an Elementary School in Spain, Krista Emily Swanson

Compiling a text set of banned/challenged books to increase interest in the core curriculum of a high school language arts classroom, Cynthia Leigh Swenson

Exploring the Potential of an Inquiry-Based Science Intervention in a Korean Public Elementary English as a Foreign Language Classroom, Paul Schomburg Tacke

Emotional Intelligence and Elementary Principals’ Leadership, Saloua Salhi Thompson


Using Technology and Phenology to Increase Students’ Observation Skills, Sondra Tokarczyk

A Low Educated Second Language and Literacy Acquisition (LESLLA) Teacher’s Experience Implementing a Standards-­‐Based Unit on Oral Clarification Strategies, Andrea Sheldon Tshihamba

Supporting English Language Learners’ Use of Code-Switching in a Mainstream Charter School Classroom, Samantha Jane Turnwall


How do Mindset Interventions Affect 6th Grade Students' Mindsets, Nadine Louise Uremovich

Improving Personal and Academic Experiences For International Students: An Analysis of an International Student Office at a Midwest University, Laura Mercedes Valladares

How Can The Case Study Method Be Used To Develop Non-routine Problem Solving In The High School Biology Classroom?, Jeanette C. Vance


Units of Study: A Curriculum Supplemented with Problem-Based Learning and Technology, Jami Kristina Vandenberg


Relationship Between Oral Language and Reading Comprehension for English Learners: A Systematic Review, Jenna Lee Varghese


Using Audiobooks to Promote Comprehension of Cause-Effect Relationships in Social Studies Texts, Eric John Vernon

Improving Emergent Bilinguals’ Metalinguistic Awareness Through the Explicit Teaching of Morphology Within Spanish/English Cognates, Lindsay Lucille Vidal

Extracurricular Activities And The Impact Through Students’ Eyes, Robert Richard Wagener

Achieving Conceptual Understanding Through the Use of Technology in the Secondary Mathematics Classroom, Kyle Dennis Warner


Graduate Students’ Perceptions of Sense of Community and Contributing Factors, Amy Lynn Watters


Reading Success Stories: Case Studies of Somali Elementary Students, Julie Marie Weiss


Elementary School Teacher Inspiration in Lifelong Musicianship, Austin John Wellman


Literacy and Social Skill Development: A Technology-Focused Curriculum Design, Karissa Sue Wentzel


Instructional Coaching: How Does It Impact Teacher Efficacy In An Elementary Setting?, Kristen Lynn Wilking

Schoolyard Gardens: Contexts for Academic and Social-Emotional Learning, Caitlin Marie Williams


Pushing past the plateau: A Diary Study of a Not Quite Intermediate Korean Language Learner, Jonathan D. Wilson


How Hope And Motivation Lead To Self-Regulation Middle School Students, Jessica Marie Winter


Successful characteristics and motivations for farmers to participate in a small farmers’ market: A case study of a small Minnesota farmers market., Josephine Marie Wood


Using a culturally relevant text effectively to support diversity, racial equity, and school community building, Syra Yang

Building a Student-Centered Mandarin Learning Environment: A Challenge for Mandarin Immersion Teachers, Ting Yi

Principal Leadership Styles And Standardized Test Results / Portraiture Of Three Leadership Styles And Their Resulting Academic Outcomes, Donna Lynn Yu

How Can I Develop And Implement An Effective Social Studies Curriculum For Chinese Immersion Kindergarten Students, Hong Juan Zhou


Adult English Learners' Perceptions of Their Pronunciation and Linguistic Self-Confidence, Jennifer Marie Zoss

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

Integrating Literacy Strategies into the Math Classroom to Improve the Math Skills of English Language Learners, Bonnie Jeanette Albright

Causes of low involvement of Latino parents in their children's school life at South Valley Community School, and strategies to increase that participation, Edgar F. Alfonzo

Expectations and Barriers, Making Parent Involvement Accessible to Families of English Learners, Carol Joy Allen

Adult ESL students' perceived pronunciation errors: An analysis of their actual speech and review of available curricula, Lianna L. Ambriz

How can a high school theatre arts class teach students greater community acceptance and social awareness, Thom Amundsen

Incorporating Moodle at an urban charter school to support daily teaching practices, Avsar Aras

Teachers' perceptions of the impact of service learning on secondary students, Norma Kristine Arellano

Examining teachers' perceptions on working with immigrant and refugee students exhibiting signs of mental health issues, Rebecca D. Bahr


Language objectives in the mainstream classroom: what teachers really know, Megan Beatty

Incorporating Culturally Relevant Texts Into a Standards Aligned Literacy Curriculum, Jackson Carl Bellaimey

How can teachers improve the science performance and skills of diverse elementary students?, Betty Jo Bishop

Exploring the Brain Gym Program as an Academic Intervention for Elementary Students, Jessica Feigal Borchardt

Comparing high school aged students’ environmental knowledge, attitudes and behaviors before and after a wilderness trip, Thomas Alexander Borrell

Boosting student achievement through AVID: a collective approach, Natasha T. Brown-Guhin

Noncustodial father involvement in their child's pre-K-12 education, Stacie Brown

How do three K-12 educational leaders describe effective leadership?, Holly D. Brunson

How explicit sight word instruction increases work recognition in a kindergarten classroom, Lindsey K. Bunting

Causal Connectives, Cohesion, and Text Complexity in The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg, Stephanie Jo Burnes

A modification of a 5th grade science curriculum to meet the needs of English learners, Emily T. Burt

Using a school garden to deliver a middle school curriculum, Viva J.D. Butler

How Can I Make Algebra More Relevant for My 9th Grade Remedial Algebra Students?, Dave Buck Carlson

How can primary writing instruction support the development of struggling readers in a Response to Intervention framework?, Hanson Kelly Carroll

How Developing and Implementing a Parental Involvement Program Can Decrease Behavior Issues and Increase Student Academic Achievement, Annetta Carol Carter

Effective Interventions for ADHD Students in Spanish Immersion in the Primary Grades, Patricia Cespedes-Schueller

Addressing English language learners’ needs in the secondary content classroom, David Edward Clark


Exploring the relationship between culture and second language pragmatics: a case study of an ESL journaling activity, Laura E. Code

International teaching, Jeremy Hyatt Conrad

International teaching, Leah Casia Marie Conrad

Story Stretching: An Instructional Writing Technique, Amy Marie Coughlan

Best Practices to Develop Science Skills and Vocabulary of Students Receiving English Learner Support, Benjamin Creagh

Promoting Target Language Literacy in the Undergraduate Spanish Classroom Through Graphic Organizers and Other Supplementary Tools, Kimberly Marie Cronen

Earthworms in our community, Allison E. Crowell

Creating a Culturally Responsive Teaching Practice: Does attainment of Minnesota State Standard of Effective Practice Standard 3 – Diverse Learners lead to developing a culturally responsive practice?, Arnoldo Curiel

Oral language development: using text talk with struggling readers in the first grade classroom, Alicia Maureen Darby

Building background knowledge through interactive read-alouds to promote engagement in an intermediate classroom, Heather Marie Davis